'Hamilton emulated Schumacher and Senna in 2018'

Sunday, 30 december 2018, 09:43 , by Matthew Scott

Lewis Hamilton raised the standard of Formula 1 in 2018 in a way only previously achieved by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna. That's the view of Formula 1's motorsport director Ross Brawn, who lauded Hamilton's one-lap prowess in particular.

Hamilton added a further 11 pole positions to his record tally in 2018, including impressive performances in the wet in Belgium and Hungary, as well as a lap in Singapore that he labelled one of his very best.

A fifth world title has put Hamilton on a pedestal with the all-time greats of the sport, and Brawn says it is a status that is befitting the Mercedes man.

"Sometimes you get a driver who finds the performance you just don't expect," Brawn told Autosport. "There are a couple of occasions, particularly in qualifying, when Lewis did that.

"He just took people's breath away. Those are the things you look at, and you just don't know where the performance comes from.

"Everyone thinks they know what the reference is and suddenly the driver does something that changes the reference.

"I was fortunate to see that sometimes in Michael Schumacher. We saw it with drivers like Senna. And I think we saw that on a couple of occasions with Lewis this year.

"Those are the things you remember because as an engineer, you almost can't work out where it's come from.

"It's like a surreal level that they've reached and that's always very special when you see a driver do that."

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Comments (22)

  • Mark Connolly
    For all those hatters this was quoted by Ross Brawn. The man that masterminded all Schumacher 7 titles Who was the one that bought Hamilton to Mercedes replacing Schumacher. I really do think he may a bit more than all of us ?
  • Steve Rubaszek
    To all the Senna haters ... YES he played dirty. But he also drove dangerously fucking fast in very dangerous cars. Even his qualifying laps bordered on reckless. I don't think anyone will ever top Ayrton's driving style. Ever.
  • Martin Hossell
    Have there been 2 Lewis Hamiltons? "Lewis Hamilton raised the standard of Formula 1 in 2018 in a way only previously achieved by the likes of Lewis Hamilton and Ayrton Senna."
  • Jim Long
    In skill he is better than Schumacher, in mind game every bit his equal now. I feel Senna would be beating Hamilton on equal footing though.
  • Frank Anstey
    Hamilton might be a great driver but he is no Senna. The only driver that I have seen with a similar driving style to Senna has been Verstappen.
  • Márcio Dias
    Ahahahah! What Senna did in 1993 will never be done again by any other F1 driver!!! From a true racing fan!!!
  • James Walsh
    No, he just had a car far superior to anyone else and a team-mate without the pace to challenge...
  • Jason Burkinshaw
    no he didn't, he won a championship without having to push his rival off the track
  • Ayrton Martin Yanyachi
    I dont think McLaren gave Prost team orders. Nothing compare to good old F1
  • Bryan Stanton
    You mean he drove a car just like they did? Wow, how noble.
  • Gianluca Fernando Fiorillo
    He emulated the help of FIA and Mercedes’s tricks on the races
  • Matthew Luchici
    Different days Different cars .. Different caracters. ..
  • James Johnstone
    Just waiting to see the Hamilton hater comments flow in
  • Liam Scott
    The key word here is emulated. Which I still don't think he did
  • Mark Ustby
    That's not the only big thing with Hamilton
  • Fivos Freeke
    Of course he did! #Ham44 #GoFor6
  • Neville Keniston
    Errrrr? No he didn't
  • Scott Spieler
    That’s a pretty good joke
  • Sheldon Pillay
    In short...NO
  • Jhon Gonzalez
    Hamilton nunca lo sera

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